Deputies find no bomb after threat at Reno Livestock Events Center

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Updated: 6/24/2013 5:42 pm
UPDATE - 4:45PM - According to Steve Schroeder, Director of Communications for the Reno Rodeo, the threat was called in at 12:44 pm, and the caller said a possible explosive device could be at Livestock Events Center.

The call was traced to the 100 block of S. Center Street, over ¼ mile from the rodeo grounds. Schroeder says the call was short and no individual was identified, but it was a female caller.

Sheriff's office representatives responded to this minimal information. Due to the fact that the Reno Rodeo was taking place, the Livestock Events Center is a large facility and many people and animals were on the grounds it was imperative that the law enforcement community respond and act on the information.

During the event, no evacuations took place, no entry to the grounds were allowed and all rodeo events continued to take place.

Bomb dogs and bomb squad swept the entire facility and at 2:30 pm, in less than 2 hours, Schroeders says they were able to determine that no threat was present and the lock down was removed. 

UPDATE - 3:10PM - Washoe County Sheriff's Office says everything is open as of 2:45pm, and there was no bomb found.

WCSO says they do not have any leads in this investigation.

(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & --Washoe County Sheriff Deputies are conducting sweeps of the fairgrounds at the Reno Livestock Events Center after a bomb threat was made from a payphone.

Deputies tell News 4 that early in the afternoon a phone call was made from a payphone at a convenience store by someone that said that there was a bomb at the fairgrounds. The person did not give specifics, nor descriptions of the bomb and didn't sound angry or expressed why they did it, according to Washoe County Deputies.

Reno Police are assisting the Washoe County Sheriff's Office on the scene as they conduct a precautionary sweep of the grounds and clear the areas. Deputies say they have not found anything yet and do not believe it is a viable threat. Washoe County Sheriff vehicles are blocking the entrances to the fairgrounds, but no evacuations or street closures have taken place.

News 4 was told they weren't letting anyone park in the lot off Wells Avenue until at least 3:30.

News 4 has a crew at the scene and will have more as it develops.
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